The Digital Cat

23 Mar

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I’ve been using a free Markers app on my Galaxy Samsung tablet (note 8) for a few years now but there was one drawing tool I had not used so I’ve been having a go with it this evening, using Sparta Puss as a model. She looks impressed, not!

 

 

Paisley Daps

22 Mar

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This coronavirus situation is weird for me, creatively. I seem to be unable to do anything meaningful, I have no ideas about how to do some art that is relevant. It will come with time, I suppose – I hope. In the meanwhile, I need to just knuckle down and practice. So I drew my paisley daps on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using a free Markers app. I haven’t used either for ages, it’s a bit of a clumsy programme but to be honest I can’t be bothered to learn a more sophisticated programme, I prefer to create art mostly in the real rather than virtual world. But the tablet is easy to pick up, no need to go to the cupboards and get my materials out and set up a work station.

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I’ve been spending more time cooking and working on the allotment, survival instinct I guess. Our allotment is in a gorgeous place, behind Oystermouth Castle and we’ve had a good few days, dry and sunny, and the site is so big that it’s easy to practice social isolation.

 

 

 

 

Home Comforts

21 Mar

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I’ve been getting busy in the kitchen instead of getting on with arty stuff. I think the whole coronavirus business is focusing me on making things as comfortable as possible at home. I’m one of the lucky people who isn’t in a high risk group so I can still get out and do a bit of shopping, for myself and others, exercising caution of course. Although there’s a lot of panic buying in the supermarkets, local shops and the brilliant Swansea Market are still pretty well stocked. So I’m shopping local, buying fresh and home cooking.

 

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The weather’s taking a cold turn as well, so it’s time for hearty stews; root veg, butter bean and chorizo (top) and pea, ham and root vegetable (above). Husb and I are lucky that we have a home and cooking facilities – towns and cities across the country are making emergency provision to feed people who are homeless and insecurely housed. If you’re able to get out to do some shopping, please don’t forget to pick up something extra to contribute to your local food banks – in Swansea there are collection points in Morrisons (Morfa), Coop (Bus Station) and Sainsburys that I know of. Thank you xx

 

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If you are healthy and able to do a little more, volunteers are needed to help provide for homeless people – contact details on this leaflet xxx

 

My Creative Other Half …. Again ….

20 Mar

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Husb has been using this newfound “leisure” time to get creative and has made a faux stained glass panel for the skylight about our hallway door. He did the geometric faux stained glass on the door itself some years back, with perspex, sticky-backed plastic and stick-on lead strip. All the geometric stuff is his, but the real stained glass panel of the standing stone has been made by local artist Deanne Mangold from Class Glass.

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Deanne based her design on an original mixed media piece I did out in the field, literally, of an ancient standing stone in Dinas, Pembrokeshire, a couple of years ago.

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My Creative Other Half

19 Mar

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I was out and about in the city centre for most of today, shopping from the excellent Swansea Market and local grocers, who had plenty of food. So many people are going to supermarkets and ignoring small, local shops and markets, which is a shame because locally they have plenty of most things. And there’s the lovely smell of food cooking in the Market, from the cafes still open and serving hot meals (that they’re now offering to deliver), to the bakers making fresh Welsh cakes on hot griddles. There are a lot of homeless people in temporary Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the city; they have to go out during the day so it’s great that they can go and get hot food in the market.

I bought some laverbread from the Market for tea …

 

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Anyway, while I was out, it was Husb’s turn to get creative and he made a faux stained glass panel, from coloured plastic sheets and a roll of self-adhesive lead strip. It was dark outside when he installed it so I’ll have to wait for daylight to get a photo and blog about it. Tomorrow ….

 

The Beginnings Of An Idea

18 Mar

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Creative ideas come from all over the place. My Aunty got my Husb a bottle of Tomato Ketchup with Garlic from The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight, he loves it and she likes giving him presents. Anyway, as he unwrapped it I squealed in delight at the packaging! Lovely brown cardboard cut into patterns. It’s calling out to me!

Scanned it, Photoshopped it, had a play with it, got some ideas forming. I think it’s heading towards a screen print ………..

Let’s Have Some Trees!

17 Mar

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Let’s have a break from viruses and pandemics and look at some trees because trees are nice. I drew these in the grounds of Dinefwr country park near Llandeilo a while back, using conte crayons in black, white and sanguine. The one above is a brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton, the one below I prepared by sticking brown parcel paper into a white sketchbook with a Pritt stick.

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Force of Nature 2

16 Mar

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Here’s another sketch I did at Swansea’s wrecked West Pier yesterday. Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge managed to destroy it and the sand dunes have now started leaching into the mouth of the River Tawe …. who knows what will happen? There used to be an island out there centuries ago. Legend has it that Vikings landed there under the leadership of Sven and the island was called Sven’s Ey (Island); the name morphed over time into Swansea. The Welsh name for our city is Abertawe – the mouth of the River Tawe.

Force of Nature 1

15 Mar

West Pier 1

Husb and I took a stroll along the beach this afternoon to the West Pier at the mouth of the River Tawe. It was recently badly damaged during the triumvirate of storms – Ciara, Denis and Jorge and it’s shocking how nature has ripped huge amounts of concrete apart and splintered vast wooden piles like matchsticks. A massive amount of sand dune has been eroded as well, creating a stretch of new sandy cliff face and dumping tons of sand into the river mouth. This drawing, in conte crayons (black and sanguine) with water rubbed on with  my finger, reminds me of drawings I’ve seen of the Swansea blitz.

 

 

#Caturday

14 Mar

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It’s #Caturday! Here’s a #Cat. In the sunlight.

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